By Danny Wright
Everton are in advanced talks with Newcastle defender Lewis Gibson, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the 16-year-old is on the verge of a switch to Goodison Park and that the Toffees are hoping to have the deal sealed by Sunday.
It is understood that a number of elite Premier League clubs have been tracking Gibson, who played a pivotal role in the Newcastle Under-18 squad last season and even managed to score in a north-east derby clash with Middlesbrough.
The report also adds that Gibson’s transfer to Merseyside would be a big victory for Everton’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh.
The Liverpool Echo has previously reported that Scottish treble winners Celtic were in the running to sign the centre-back, while Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Southampton had also been monitoring his progress.
It was also claimed that Walsh was eager to bolster the Everton youth ranks with a number of players aged between 16 and 18.
The Toffees haven’t been afraid to go transfer crazy this summer and even though they have made solid additions to the first-team, the recruitment of Boris Mathis, Josh Bowler and Nigerian international Henry Onyekuru have all been made with a view to starring in the future.
Football Insider Verdict
The fact that so many clubs were in pursuit of Gibson speaks for itself. The 16-year-old, who turns 17 next Wednesday, must have bags of potential for teams like Man United and Arsenal to keep an eye on him. Newcastle should be gutted to see the youngster depart, but it seems with the amount of interest surrounding him, Gibson has been lured away by the promise of playing with a more stable Premier League outfit. It must be very exciting to be an Everton fan at the moment and there’s no doubt that most supporters of other teams are casting an envious eye at Ronald Koeman and his squad.